Salient. Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 4. Monday, April 8, 1963
The loss of Peter Hatch to Auckland was a severe blow to Victoria's title hopes in men's swimming at Easter. Hatch, Nz record-holder for the 110 yards' freestyle, took the 110 yards' butterfly title last Easter and holds N.Z.U. records for both the freestyle and butterfly distances. Hatch is also titleholder and record-holder for the 220 yards medley. He will be swimming for Auckland at Easter.
Well-known Wellington surfer B. Crowder, who swam away with the first-ever Kapiti marathon in February, is a doubtful starter for the Victoria team. Crowder has commitments to his regular club.
Hatch should get stiff opposition in the short races from Victoria's C. R. Thompson, who holds both 110 and 220 freestyle titles.
Otago will be without triple champion Alison Bell in the women's team, but sprintman D. Gerrard should be a useful addition.